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Saturday, 30 November 2002

  • Joanna Briscoe: The boomerang generation and me
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    Schadenfreude is the spice of life, and it's always cheering to hear of other people's snivelling little screw-ups. It puts our own 3am yelps of recalled humiliation into perspective. Recent Cambridge-based research has proved that life is pants ...

  • Andy McSmith: Flat on your back in a mixed ward, you see another side to the NHS
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    Last Monday night, I experienced a mildly uncomfortable stabbing sensation in the lower left rib-cage. When I woke and found the pain was still with me, I thought I had better make a doctor's appointment to have it diagnosed. I did not anticipate...

  • Charlie Courtauld: I can cut out the fags. I can cast out 'Big Brother'. But I can't stop the shakes
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    Today, November is over, which may mean little to you, but it is a godsend to me. It means that my bet with my wife is over, and I can smugly light up cigarettes again. Perplexing as it may seem, giving up smoking – for a one-month period only – i...

  • Beatrix Campbell: People of Norfolk: say Aha-ha-ha!
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    There's none so pious as city councillors in search of an identity and corporate voices in search of investment. They can't take a joke. Together they form a dour coalition against the culture crimes of wit, surprise and the amiable pleasures of s...

  • Not Scargillite, perhaps, but almost as counter-productive
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    The firefighters return to work this morning to find their claim for a pay rise in ruins. If the Prime Minister did accuse their union leaders of Scargillism, however, he was wrong. The point about Arthur Scargill is that he took the miners out on s...

  • Ignore the xenophobes: we should welcome this wave of immigration
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Gordon Brown – and the rest of us – ought to be pleased. The latest figures for asylum applications show an 11 per cent rise in the quarter to September. That means the British economy is still exceptionally strong, and still exerting its pull in the...

  • Rumour mill
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Rumours, rumours, rumours: much agitation, we note, about the ease with which unfounded tittle-tattle can be spread through cyberspace. Much debate about practical remedies that could stamp out this irresponsibility; much moral mulling, too, over the...

  • Chris Powell: How to get better public services without more tax
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Although Gordon Brown can bridge the gap between government income and expenditure with public borrowing for now, even if he nearly has had to double his original estimate for this year, Labour urgently needs to search for more appealing ways to...

  • Don't live alone: you'll end up as an old maid
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Is it desperately sad or eminently sensible for a woman to live on her own? And, while you're working that out, you might also care to consider the length of a piece of string. The question was prompted by the news that one in seven of the prope...

  • Once again, Africa has become the battleground for somebody else's war
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    We were driving from the airport to the hotel when the obvious thought struck home. We were sitting ducks. There were about 60 of us in two coaches without a policeman anywhere in sight. This was Morocco in September, not long after al-Qa'ida had att...

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